Running For More Birthdays!

in Charity,Running

One of the most rewarding things about blogging for me has been having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others by supporting  causes that are near and dear to my heart. As a member of the American Cancer Society (ACS) Blogger Advisory Council for the past 2.5 years, I’ve been able to lend my voice to support the movement for More Birthdays – to celebrate those individuals that survived cancer, those that lost the battle and work for a world with less cancer and More Birthdays.

During my time with the ACS BAC, I had the opportunity to meet a woman that defined the word DetermiNation - Susan Nieber.

Susan Niebur was also a member of BAC and shared her experience living and fighting IBS cancer on her blog Toddler Planet. When I met Susan in New York on a BAC trip I knew this woman was a force to be reckoned with. A  mother of two small children, a rocket scientist, an advocate and a fighter. Susan was kicking cancer’s ass!

The last time I saw her was in October at the Blogalicious conference. We were there with ACS celebrating birthdays birthdays and she gave a speech that was amazing, beautiful and I sincerely doubt there was a dry eye in the house. All of this and she had JUST returned from a treatment.   Truly an inspiration! And I’ve decided to run the New Orleans Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon in her honor!

                                                         Me after running 14.2 miles last Friday. My longest distance ever!
I’ve been training for the NOLA Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon for months and will be running it as a blogger correspondent for ACS highlighting the DetermiNation  team and running alongside all the wonderful people that trained together and raised funds for ACS. Although I’m not formally a member of the team, I will share the experience of being a part of the DetermiNation team with you and I’ve decided to raise funds to celebrate More Birthdays for the American Cancer Society.
So, I am asking you  to help me celebrate!
I am running the Locomotive 1/2 marathon this Sunday, the Disney Princess 1/2 marathon next Sunday (my actual birthday) and the New Orleans Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon on Sunday March 4th! I’m not asking you to run with me but I’d LOVE for you to make a donation on my More Birthdays page. Do it in honor of a loved one, in honor of Susan, in honor of yourself or just to give me the BEST birthday present ever!
I thank you in advance! And will give you updates on each of my races and more info about DetermiNation in the weeks to come!

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Leticia- Tech Savvy Mama February 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm

You totally rock! I can’t wait to hear more about DetermiNation and can’t think of a better blogger correspondent for the races than you! You are such an inspiration! xo

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Boston Mamas February 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm

What a beautiful tribute Renee — and I am in awe of your 14.2. :-)

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